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Mustang saddle screws falling out?

 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:21 am    Post subject: Mustang saddle screws falling out? Reply with quote

Is this, y'know, a thing? It's the second time the same saddle screw has fallen out and decided to hide itself under the bed. I'm not sure if I'm Doing It Wrong with my setup somewhere.

The saddle of the G is set quite close to the tailpiece side of the bridge, but it kinda needs to be there in order for the string to intonate correctly. I could do without the screw dropping out though.

Does this happen to anyone else? Just curious.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nope. but mine are all dirty as fuck and i never clean them
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The high e saddle screw on my Jazzmaster works it's way out constantly, it's really annoying. It has a Modified mustang bridge on it.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the G string screw is not long enough, then it sounds like you have the bridge on backwards. There is really no right way, but flipping it over may work better.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It shouldn't be able to move surely? Have the springs gone missing or something? Surely if the screw is under some sort of tension or load it shouldn't really move?

I've had the height grub-screws on start saddles work themselves loose, but that only really happens again if the screw isn't under some sort of load and is normally a sign that the other screw on the saddle is doing all the work. So you rebalance the saddle so that both screws are doing a bit and then they're both held in place.*


* - this might not work and might be complete gibberish but it works in my head and lets me think that I'm some sort of tech supremo who can set up my strat bridges just so. Let me have this.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

take the saddle off, put a blob of vaseline on the screw then screw the saddle back on
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a thought, which way around is your bridge? The screw heads should be on the tailpiece side.
Also you can try string sets with a wound G - it sounds better as well. It becomes the lightest wound string instead of the heaviest plain string, so the saddle sites forward instead of back.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

George wrote:
take the saddle off, put a blob of vaseline on the screw then screw the saddle back on


+1

This also works for the height adjustment thumbwheels if they begin to fall down.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or if you can be fucked and or can afford, do an StayTrem.
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